Future Reflections Sept./ Oct./ Nov.1984, Vol. 3 No. 4

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This review is reprinted from the December, 1983 VIP NEWSLETTER, published by the International Institute for Visually Impaired, 0-7, Inc.

Moving and Doing: How to Help Visually Impaired Children Know Their World provides hints and games for parents of visually impaired young children. An excellent collection of ideas for promoting movement, Moving and Doing covers five major topics: body awareness, spatial relationships, balance, gross motor, fine motor, locomotor, and songs & rhyming games. The authors, Jean Muste and Rae Fellows reveal an in-depth knowledge of the early motor development of visually impaired children. The activities, presented in an easy-to-understand format, require no special equipment.

I highly recommend this book for use by both parents and teachers. The emphasis is on activities for parents and children to do together-- activities that are both pleasurable and, at the same time, promote important motor skills. The following is from the chapter on "Body Awareness."

"While your child is lying on her back, help her open her hands by gently holding them, patting them, and stroking them with your lips and cheek. Blow on her palm and fingers and run your fingers across them when her palm is open.

Then move her hands gently and help her stroke her own cheeks, chest and other arm, telling her the part of the body she is touching.

Please note: Never tug or pull at the child's arms or fingers. The idea is to help relax the fingers and enjoy touching things.

Many of the activities are ideal for use with multiply handicapped children. However, if your child has a physical handicap in addition to the visual loss, you may wish to check with your doctor or the child's therapist. Some of the activities may require alteration or special positioning.

Moving and Doing is available from:

Comprehensive Eye Center
Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Price: $2.00

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